The idea of scattering the ashes of the deceased into the infinite sea gives the family the comfort of their loved one being free and closer to nature. Sea burial services are becoming increasingly popular in Singapore mainly because the ceremony is simple and affordable. Others may choose a sea burial to cherish the last wishes of their loved ones.
The idea of letting a departed become a part of the blue ocean originated during the Viking period. The early Vikings used to release the dead body into the sea after putting it on fire. But times have changed, and today the National Environment Agency and Maritime Port Authority regulate the Sea Burial Services in Singapore to make sure the departed can rest in peace without disturbing the marine ecosystem.
Scattering the Ashes into the Sea
To opt for sea burial, the body must first be cremated. The bones and ashes of the person are then collected in a biodegradable urn, which is then released into the sea by travelling through a boat or ship.
Ceremonies and Rituals during Sea Burial
Ceremonies and rituals that are part of the sea burial service differ based on the religious customs and traditions of the dead.
- The families typically hold a brief ceremony on the shore or a boat. The minister or priest prays for the deceased during the ceremony while songs and hymns are sung, and family and friends share memories of the dead person. After this, the ashes are finally scattered into the sea, and family members pay their final tributes to the dead and pray for their easy transition into the afterlife.
- Christian Sea burial practices require a minister to perform the final rituals, whereas family and friends throw flowers, wreaths and petals into the water to say their final goodbye. As for Taoists and Buddhists Sea burial, they bring a monk or daoshi on the boat to carry out the final rituals.
- Hindu community constitutes about 5% of Singapore’s population, and their religion requires them to cremate the dead body, and the ashes should be then dispersed into the sea. Therefore, every Hindu residing in Singapore goes for a sea burial following rituals according to their faith.
Why Do People Choose A Sea Burial?
Sea burials have become a preferred choice by many families as a final way to say goodbye to their loved ones in a graceful and honourable way. Besides the sea burial ceremony being simple, there are significant benefits linked to this type of burial.
- Sea burials are cost-effective compared to the traditional way of burying someone in a casket. A sea burial can be performed by spending under $1000 on the entire ceremony.
- They are eco-friendly. Everything can be made of biodegradable material, from the urn used to disperse ashes to the flowers tossed into the water.
- Families don’t have to go to lengths to arrange a funeral ceremony that goes on for days. A sea burial requires no body embalming, no extensive funeral arrangements, and no food expense. A sea burial makes the grieving period easy.
Divine Casket Singapore was established in 2004 by the late Silvester, one of the first few embalmers in Singapore. Through his dedication to the craft of embalming, he sought to provide the best for the deceased, emphasizing respect for those who have passed and remembering those who have been left behind. His craftsmanship has earned much praise and compliment throughout the 1990s from grateful clients.
Contact us today @ 9003 9551 Or [email protected]